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Mini Lodge

Where I am now...

The men from “The Forest Lodge No 116” are building a mini lodge at Willow Bank. The lodge will be used for their meetings.

The building is still a work in progress.

Where I have been...

24. June 1874 was the “Installation Ceremony” for the “Forest Lodge” of Freemasons. The ceremony was held at the Wakefield school room and there was a dinner at night at the “Forest Inn”.

According to the Nelson Provincial Museum the lodge building was moved in 1903, there is a picture of this move on the Nelson Museum online collection site.

https://collection.nelsonmuseum.co.nz/objects/P37810/the-masonic-lodge

View of the Masonic Lodge being moved from Upper Wakefield to a site by the Wakefield Library in Edward Street, 1903. The building is being towed by a traction engine thought to be driven by C Shrouder. The view is from the railway crossing in Edward Street. The Station Master’s house in the background was known as Foresters Lodge because it held its early meetings in the Foresters Inn, which was established at what was then known as Upper Wakefield just south of the Jimmy Lee Bridge. When the present Wakefield was developed the Lodge was moved to its Edward Street site.

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